Ol Kanjau Camp

Category: (Ministry of Tourism Classification): Exclusive

Amboseli National Park, approximately 260 Kms (4 hours) from Nairobi on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.


• By daily Schedule flights to Amboseli, Airkenya/Safarilink.
• By private charter directly to Amboseli;
• By road, a four-hour drive from Nairobi.
• By road from Namanga (Tanzania Border), a two-hour drive.

Ol Kanjau, the “Camp of the Elephants”, is a traditional style tented camp just three kilometres east of Amboseli National Park. The elephant population of the greater Amboseli Basin at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro now numbers 1000 animals in over 50 matriarchal families and associated bull groups. The Amboseli elephants have perhaps the oldest and most intact social structure of any elephant population in Africa. They are also the best known and well studied.

Number of Rooms:
Accommodation is in six twin spacious and luxurious tents, with large comfortable beds, safari style bathroom, with bucket showers, hot water available at any time of the day and evening. A traditional safari mobile tented camp. Lanterns light each tent in the evening.

Meal Plan:
Full board accommodation, including soft drinks, beer and house wine.

In addition to close elephant watching some of the other activities which are possible from Ol Kanjau camp include, day and night game drives through the plains of Amboseli, bush walks, bird watching in the vast wetlands and swamps of Amboseli and the woodlands. The Rainy have a special and unique relationship with the Masai allowing for visits to neighboring Masai settlements. For a real thrill guided walks with habituated baboon troops. You’ll also get an inside view into the on going conservation ecology studies which help balance the needs of pastoral people and wildlife and ecosystem conservation.

Special Feature:
Mike and Judy Rainy, their daughter Jessica and son-in-law Jeff Worden, are conservationists and ecologists who uniquely provide the ideal base in Amboseli from which one may observe and share in the lives of these most magnificent elephants. The Rainys and Wordens combine ecotourism and conservation science in a very special way that helps visitors play a part in securing a long term future for these elephants in Amboseli. Their goal is to help secure an area that can grow with the expanding Amboseli elephant population, and which can also accommodate the needs of the Maasai pastoral people who own the land around Amboseli Park. Ol Kanjau Camp reveals in very special way the ecological, behavioral, and conservation patterns of animal lives to a visitor that can take a few days to appreciate, observe and wonder about – the accumulation of natural history information that the Rainys and Wordens and many other have taken decades to build.

Conservation Projects:
A unique conservation effort at Sirata Suruwa links the Rainys' knowledge of wild animal behavioral ecology to the cultural ecology of Maasai speaking people, an effort that seeks to diversify the economy of their pastoral neighbors by involving them in wildlife husbandry and conservation projects. Each day wild animal numbers, distribution and behavior are monitored closely by resident Maasai and Samburu guardians, and you might be able to join the morning animal count. The Rainy's are old friends of Cynthia Moss, and have known or worked with a number of Cynthia's researchers, who have monitored the Amboseli elephant families for more than 25 years now, on a daily basis. You can't ask for a better insight into elephant behavior, and those that want can visit with this research team.

Closed April, May and November